Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) grants support medium to long term industry-led collaborations to solve industry problems and deliver tangible outcomes.
CRC grants provide CRCs with up to 50% of the resources with no specified limit to funding available for each CRC. The CRC collaboration must at least match the amount of grant.
More information and to apply on this link
This conference will give an inside view of the tribulations of reporting on international climate negotiations and communicating the climate emergency. Hear from H.E. Christophe Penot, Ambassador of France, about what is at stake at COP24 in Katowice, Poland in December this year. The discussion will be introduced by H.E. Bernhard Zimburg, Ambassador of Austria.
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On the 15th, 16th and 17th of May, the University of South Australia, Flinders University and the University of Adelaide hosted the “French Days on Campus”, a special event conceived by the Embassy of France and aiming to promote France and the opportunities it has to offer to students, teachers or researchers of the Australian Universities.
Many activities were organised around a “French stand”, gathering many institutions. This stand included representants of a dozen of French Universities and Grandes Ecoles, as well as French companies, Alliance Française, and FACCI (French-Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry).
Dr. Maxime François, AFRAN Hub leader for South Australia, run a booth on this occasion to allow both students and professors from the universities to get to know the association and its opportunities linked to France.
On his arrival, on 1st of May 2018, French President Mr. Emmanuel Macron has met Australian political stakeholders, along with our association’s president Dr. Katherine Daniell, who briefly briefed him and Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull on the Association’s mission.
Dr. Katherine Daniell, Prof. Pascale Quester, President Emmanuel Macron, Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull
AFRAN was also present at an official dinner, on the 2nd of May, with the French high education, research and innovation delegation: French Ministers Vidal, Buzyn, Blanquer, Girardin and Secretaire d’Etat Lecornu. AFRAN’s president, vice-president, A/Prof. Kondo-François Aguey-Zinsou, and 35 scientists members of the association had the opportunity to exchange on their experiences of scientific cooperation between France and Australia, but also to showcase the association’s activites, its potential for structuring the bilateral cooperation, as well as its development objectives, in particular in France.
The French Minister for Solidarity and Health, Agnes Buzyn with AFRAN scientists
Attended by more than 3000 worldwide participants including leading stakeholders & decision-makers: entrepreneurs, Space Agency directors, executives of key organizations and political leaders, the TOULOUSE SPACE SHOW is a major global forum dedicated to novel Space solutions, highlighting future trends & the new Space economy.
More information on this link
This year, it will take place in the Centre des Congrès Pierre Baudis, on the 26th to 28th of June.
Many sides events are organised around this event such as an exhibition through the eyes of women, a one day event focusing on satellite navigation technologies, a session on Space Quantum Key Distribution with its new trends, space experiments and applications to come, a session on the role of space observations for biosphere and climate, roundtables on nanosatellites bringing together relevant players to discuss the economic rationale underlying both the new launch offers and the “nano-projects” fundraising, a session on the integration or development of satellite communication in a constantly changing telecommunications environment, and many more topics will be addressed in this Toulouse Space Show…
All the side events on this link
New Caledonia is at a crossroads for its political future, and an increasing number of questions are emerging as we approach the end of the period of the Noumea agreement. At the dawn of a referendum of self-determination, which should take place this November, we can question who are the actors of the political transition? How will it be organized? On which time-scale will it happen? And so many more questions…
Guest speaker: Dr. Carine David, lecturer in public law from the University of New Caledonia, will share her reflections on the transition happening in New Caledonia
After the presentation, Carine was joined by a panel discussion and Q&A in a café-style atmosphere around a cheese platter
Panelists: A/Prof Asmi Wood (ANU College of Law), Denise Fisher (ANU Centre for European Studies & former diplomat), Noel Derwort (former RAAF Air Commodore)
Tuesday, 12th of June 4.30-6.00pm
ANU Centre for European Studies, 1 Liversidge St, Acton
This event was the occasion to remind us of New-Caledonia history within France. First a French colony (1853-1946), it became an Oversea Territory (1946-1998) with different status and variable autonomy, which triggered independance revendications from the indigene population: the Kanaks. Then, after two agreements, the Matignon agreement (1988-1998) and the Noumea agreement (1998-today), New-Caledonia will answer the question to know if it wants to access to full sovereignty and independance… or not!
The process might include up to three referendum, the first should take place on the 4th of November 2018. A YES to independance would lead to a constituent process, and negociation with France, a NO would lead to another referendum in 2020, or to negociations for a new status within France. Same process for the 2020 referendum.
Ms Carine David explained her feeling that the population is unprepared for this referendum, and unprepared for the day after the referendum if New Caledonia votes for its independance. The population’s participation in the process is limited. The panel shared their view on this unprecedented electoral process, its meaning for the New-Caledonian population, and its impact on their political future.
The people of New Caledonia still have to find a way to a common future, where their culture and their way of life can assert, their common values can be defined, and their economy secured…
AFRAN Association plays an active role in running events and communication initiatives to support a growing community of members, as well as facilitating bi-national dialogue on research and innovation issues. Many of these initiatives are member-initiated and supported by AFRAN and additional financial resources.
This year, AFRAN will fund initiatives or series of smaller, integrated initiatives (e.g. series of network building activities, one-off or series of collaborative research exhibitions or productions, symposia/workshops focussed on community development) designed to federate, build and scale up thematic communities around particular research and innovation areas within the perimeter of AFRAN and/or between France and Australia.
AFRAN will offer funding up to AUD 5,000 (five thousand Australian dollars) towards logistics and/or travel costs for selected initiatives. This program only funds projects initiated by members of AFRAN.
Deadline for applications: 15 July 2018
Results announced: 31 July 2018
Earliest date for project start: 1 August 2018
Latest date for project completion: 31 July 2019
More information about the program and to apply: AFRAN call for initiatives application form 2018
The Bridging Grants Round opens for eligibility testing from 0900hr (AEST) on the 4th June 2018 and this phase will close at 1700 hr (AEST) on the 14th June 2018. Once BG eligibility has been approved and a BG application number issued, a full BG application can be prepared and lodged. All Bridging Grant applications are time stamped and must be received by 17.00 Hr (AEST) on the 28th June 2018. No late applications will be accepted.
The Bridging Grants program targets early stage proof of concept and knowledge transfer, product development and market testing, innovation and commercialisation activities.They are designed to support international SME-Researcher partnerships grow beyond an initial level of engagement such as might be developed during a Priming Grant funded process, into a strong collaboration which leads to the translation of research knowledge and intellectual property into market ready products or services.
All information concerning the Bridging Grants and the application process is available on the Global Connections Fund website